Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we take a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill.
Important reminder: Rumors are just that -- rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact; so remember to take it all with a grain of salt.
Rumors for the Day:
- I'll just start out by saying this: with everything that happened Sunday night at the Royal Rumble and now the fallout on last night's Raw, telling fantasy booking from actual rumors has become quite the challenge for now. If you follow our advice and take the daily rumors with a grain of salt, you might want to take any rumors that come out for the next little while with two grains until the WrestleMania XXX picture starts to clear up a bit.
- Let's clear up a few things regarding Royal Rumble, Daniel Bryan, and all of yesterday's fallout. Firstly, it does not appear that there was any consideration at any point during the Royal Rumble show to call an audible and change plans, such as including Daniel Bryan in the Rumble match. Yes, WWE officials were upset that Batista flipped off fans after the match but not enough to punish him in any way. (Remember that CM Punk punched a fan in the audience, and was not publicly punished in any way.) Yes, last night's Raw was written, and re-written, and re-re-written repeatedly throughout the course of the day. However, all of the long-term plans were said to remain unchanged. They simply adjusted the Raw script to better take advantage of the Rumble fallout. So everything that came out of the show was what was originally scripted to come out of the show, they simply changed how we arrived there. Got all that? Phew.
- Fun Fact: The BBC website ran an article regarding the Daniel Bryan/Royal Rumble situation and at one point yesterday, it was the most viewed article on the BBC website. Considering that BBC is a huge company with astronomical website traffic, that is a really impressive feat.
- It is being said that Sting (or "the Man Called Sting" as WWE may call him in order to have something to trademark) and WWE have reached a deal. News of the signing still has not come from a credible source (expect to see it covered fully here on CSS once it does.) Exactly what the plan will be for Sting in WWE over the next couple of months is currently unknown, but it's looking more and more like the Undertaker will be working with Brock Lesnar, and not Sting as has been rumored seemingly forever.
- Thanks to the Authority, we already know four of the six competitors who will take place in the titular match at next month's Elimination Chamber event. But who will join Randy Orton, John Cena, Sheamus, and Daniel Bryan in that chamber? The hottest name out there is Brock Lesnar, and for good reason. He, through his spokesperson Paul Heyman, has declared himself the #1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight title and the event is taking place in Lesnar's home state of Minnesota. However, those who have read into Lesnar's contract situation are saying that he has fulfilled all of the non-WrestleMania dates in his contract for this year (with the year running from WrestleMania to WrestleMania.) It has always been said that WWE has the option to pay Lesnar for additional dates (at a hefty premium,) so this remains a possibility. It is also being said that this whole angle could be setting up Lesnar's eventual WrestleMania XXX feud with the Undertaker, as has long been rumored. Right now, this situation is up in the air, but it's looking like Lesnar could very well be a part of the Elimination Chamber match when the time comes.
- Anyone watching the Royal Rumble on Sunday saw NXTer Alexander Rusev make his main roster debut during the titular match. Rusev had a strong initial showing and it took four men to dump him over the top rope in order to eliminate him. It is expected now that Rusev will become a main roster fixture within the next couple of weeks, and early rumors indicate that he will likely enter the Interconintental/United States title scene. (With those titles expected to be unified at Elimination Chamber.) A feud likely pitting Rusev against unified champion Big E Langston would be a good showcase for two young talents with bright futures in the company. It is being said that both Rusev, and his NXT mouthpiece Lana, were backstage at last night's Raw taping but were not used on television.
If you have heard of any interesting rumors that you'd like to add, feel free to post them in the comments section below. Please remember, these are merely rumors. Try not to take them too seriously, just have fun with them.